Tuesday , July 16 2024

Gearing up for the New Year Diet – Exercise

Gearing up for the New Year DietThe New Year is fast approaching and the #1 resolution is to lose weight and exercise. Unfortunately these resolutions are quickly broken within a month because people put so much stress on themselves to lose weight and be fit. The best type of diet is no diet but a life style change that incorporates eating healthy and regular exercise.
We all are very busy in our daily lives trying to juggle work, family, school and other outside obligations, so we need to keep it simple. Instead of eating 2-3 large meals try for 5-6 smaller meals. Breakfast should be your largest meal of the day with most of your complex carbohydrates and protein, this will give your body fuel and will jump start your metabolism. Snack on healthy choices like fruits and vegetables. Nuts are a great source of protein. A handful of nuts go a long way. Cut out the junk food these are all empty calories like soda, processed food, cookies, candy etc. Now I’m not saying never to eat a piece of candy, if you feel like having a piece of dark chocolate, indulge but don’t overdo it. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that are good for your body.
Plan out your meals ahead of time. Brown bag it for lunch. This will save you money and calories. Small freezer bags are great to carry healthy snacks instead of going to the vending machine.
Water is also very important when starting your life style change (Not a diet). Six to eight glasses a day is essential for the body to function properly. Water hydrates the body and helps flush out toxins from the liver. Sometimes when you think you are hungry you are actually dehydrated. Drink a glass of water and see if you are satisfied. Usually this is all you need to your next meal. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will help you to eat smaller portions. Use smaller plates instead of large ones. Try to have one half of your plate with vegetables (greens), one quarter should be protein and one quarter carbohydrates.(Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and beta –carotene)
Exercise is an important part in your lifestyle change. It is best to start with cardio workouts. Walking has amazing results and it does not cost you anything, Twenty minutes a day three times a week to start then gradually increase.
When you are ready you can start some brisk walking. After you have mastered your walking you may want to try some light weight lifting to help support your muscles.
Most people get discouraged because they feel deprived when on a strict diet this is why diets fail. Remember this is a life style change. One small step at a time to a healthier you in the New Year.
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